Kara McGillicuddy

Education

M.S., Bay Path University, 2009
B.A., Regis College, 2005

About

Kara McGillicuddy is a Communication PhD student in the Department of Communication at UConn. Kara’s research interests are focused on the use of communication technology, specifically in the context of higher education. This includes exploring both the outcomes of students using personal devices and the effectiveness of professors using educational tools. The goal of her research is to help colleges and universities prepare for and adapt to the needs of future students that are using evolving communication technologies as they grow and develop.

Courses Taught

  • COMM 1100: Principles of Public Speaking
  • COMM 2310W: Media Literacy and Criticism

Research Interests

  • Use of new communication technology for effective teaching and learning

Research Affiliations

UConn Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory

Select Publications

Ahn, S. J. G., Bostick, J., Ogle, E., Nowak, K. L., McGillicuddy, K. T., & Bailenson, J. N. (2016). Experiencing Nature: Embodying Animals in Immersive Virtual Environments Increases Inclusion of Nature in Self and Involvement With Nature. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 21(6), 399–419. http://doi.org/10.1111/jcc4.12173

McGloin, R., McGillicuddy, K.T., & Christensen, J. L. (2017). The impact of goal achievement orientation on student technology usage in the classroom. Journal of Computing in Higher Education, 1-27. doi:10.1007/s12528-017-9134-4

Conference Papers

McGillicuddy, K., McGloin, R. & Christensen, J. (2016, April). The impact of goal achievement orientation on student technology usage in the classroom. Paper presented at the meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Baltimore, MD.

Piantik, K., McGillicuddy, K. T. & Xu, X. (2016, November). Humor and Entertainment as Motivators to Follow Politics. Paper presented at the meeting of the National Communication Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Ahn, S. J., Nowak, K. L. & McGillicuddy, K. T. (2016, November). Processing Information as a Body of Coral: The Role of Spatial Presence on Learning in Immersive Virtual Environments. Paper presented at the meeting of the National Communication Association, Philadelphia, PA.